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Ballardvale Preschool

23 Clark Rd
Andover, MA 01810-5654

(978) 470-2033


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe the central purpose of a preschool is to guide children toward their fullest development - physically, emotionally and socially in a loving and nurturing environment. Children learn through doing and thus need a flexible program designed to meet their individual development needs. Our program and curriculum are designed to encourage children to develop self-reliance, self-confidence and self-control.
We provide children with plenty of opportunity to see themselves as explorers, discoverers, problem solvers and inventors. Activities are developed around themes and are supported by literature. These themes are carried out in the areas of dramatic play, group activities, physical development, arts and crafts, science, music, math, sensory experiences, computers and language development (self-concepts).
On the average, our teachers have been with us for more than ten years providing innovation, continuity and continuing education to our program. The student ratio of 5:1 allows us to better understand and respond to the growth, development and unique characteristics of each child. Our parents are actively involved in our Steering Committee, along with the teachers and representatives of the Ballard Vale United Church (our sponsor). The committee helps in determining policy and developing goals, objectives and methods for implementation. In addition, parents can also join in fundraising events, monthly parent gatherings, Mother’s Day Tea, field trips and in-class volunteering."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school